A taste of Buffalo, New York is adding to Richmond’s restaurant menu.
Anchor Bar opened Saturday at Stony Point Fashion Park. The restaurant – the chain’s first outside New York and Canada – fills the space previously occupied by Champps Americana, which closed two years ago.
Anchor Bar’s claim to fame, according to its website, is that one of its founders, Teressa Bellissimo, in 1964 created the now-ubiquitous chicken wing sauce that gave rise to the term Buffalo wings.
The chain offers nine sauces for bone-in and boneless chicken wings, as well as salads, burgers, sandwiches and pizza.
Anchor Bar operates five locations in New York and two spots in Canada, according to its website. The chain was brought to Richmond by franchisee David Allred, a local IT veteran.
The Stony Point location is 8,500 square feet and includes a private seating area, arcade games and a bar with dozens of local and regional brews on tap.
The location can seat up to 245 people, and employs 91 full- and part-time workers. Allred said seating will increase in the spring, when the restaurant renovates and opens its patio.
“It’s going to be a great amenity when we open it up out there,” Allred said.
Richmond-based MGT Construction built the new space, while Shockoe Slip firm Commonwealth Architects completed the design and architectural renderings.
Reilly Marchant, a broker with Richmond-based Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, represented Allred in signing the 10-year lease. Fellow Thalhimer brokers Connie Jordan Nielsen and Alicia Farrell represented Stony Point.